Good news for classic movie fans: the latest installment of the Accidentally Preserved series is out on DVD. Accidentally Preserved 4 is a killer collection of rare silents, originally struck in the 9.5mm film format by the Pathéscope company (UK) - and sourced from the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive. The spanking new HD digital transfers are accompanied by new musical scores composed by Ben Model.
The only reason these films survive in 2016 is because silent movies were struck on the 9.5mm format and sold to home movie enthusiasts in the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's! The home movie purveyors - using standard and super 8mm, 9.5 and 16mm and other gauges - ended up being unwitting film preservationists, as many silent movies did not (unlike, to some degree, the films of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton) enjoy a second life on television.
Unfortunately, due to issues that sent this blog on hiatus, have not had the chance to see the DVD. Other knowledgeable writers and historians have. Check out the following excellent and thorough reviews.
So Cal Arts And Entertainment
Thrilling Days Of Yesteryear
The films on Accidentally Preserved 4, which had been unavailable to the public for decades, are as follows:
- Sid Smith and Jimmie Adams in Nonsense, directed by Jack White a.k.a. "Preston Black"
- Warner Baxter and Colleen Moore in The Ninety And Nine (1922)
- Bobby Ray in Meet Father (1924)
- Glenn Tryon in The Wages Of Tin (1925)
- Mae Marsh in Tides Of Passion
- Ben Corbett in A Man's Size Pet (1926)
- Walter Forde in Walter's Paying Policy (1926)
- Peggy Shaw and Flora Finch in 'Morning, Judge (1926), directed by Dave Fleischer
We unabashed silent film fans at Way Too Damn Lazy To Write A Blog thank all those who made this DVD a reality, especially Ben Model and Dino Everett at the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive.